OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) -- The U. S. Department of Transportation has ordered Oxford-based Carbo Limo to cease operating its passenger service.
Investigators with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found the company was operating two motor coaches that were unsafe to interstate travel.
They also say the company did not properly screen or monitor drivers to make sure they were in compliance with federal safety regulations.
The company says the order revokes Carbo Limo's federal operating authority to conduct for-hire, interstate passenger transportation.
USDOT officials say the company also operates for-hire service consisting of 10 passenger vans/minibuses and one stretch limousine used principally for shuttle service in and around Oxford.
The company also is accused of failing to keeo records of tests conducted on emergency doors and windows on its two interstate motor coaches,.
Investigations say they also believe an inspection sticker was found to be falsified.
The investigation also revealed Carbo Limo employed drivers before receiving pre-employment drug and alcohol tests as required by federal regulations.
The company was found to be in violation of regulations requiring random drug and alcohol testing of its drivers.
Investigators say Carbo Limo also failed to monitor and ensure that its drivers complied with federal hours-of-service regulations.
They also say the company had dispatched a driver who did not have a commercial driver's license.
Consumers who bought a ticket on a bus company that FMCSA has recently placed out-of-service may be entitled to a credit from their credit card company under the Fair Credit Billing Act if they paid for the ticket by credit card.
For more information visit: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety-security/pcs/bus-credit-refund.aspx
A spokesperson with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety says the state will adhere to the federal decision.